Jumping from the above synopsis, there’s always an extended cast introduced on top of the "good people" of Crozet. Said extended cast takes a minute or two to adjust to; Brown considers each character's history, purpose, determination, and reason. However, should you find yourself lost in their mix, Brown has a Cast of Characters page present for you to revert to. You know, in case you need a cheat sheet. Still, I repeat, after a while you won’t need it. You’ll get them just fine because they have the tendency to come alive the further you read.
Whether it's via the perspective of her cat or dog sleuth, it's always interesting watching her players operate. Especially within the given theme of each book (Murder on the Prowl took on teenage academic pressure while spiraling into something desperate and horrifying). No, her characters aren't superbly deep and complex, but what they are is twisted and vivid to their roles. So by the end of her books, I’m always left desperate for the next story. Especially after her villains lay down his/her side of the in-hand events.
I have to keep reading this series. They're the quintessential definition of a cozy (next to Murder, She Wrote). I want to curl up with these books each time I pick one up.